Barbour's wife 'horrified' at presidential prospects
April 1st, 2011
09:32 PM ET
10 years ago

Barbour's wife 'horrified' at presidential prospects

(CNN)– The wife of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says she is "horrified" that her husband is seriously considering a bid for the presidency.

In an interview with CNN affiliate WLOX in Biloxi, Marsha Barbour admitted the "overwhelming" task of a presidential run is something she may not quite be ready for.

"It's been a lot to be first lady of the state of Mississippi and this would be 50 times bigger," she said. "It's a huge sacrifice for a family to make."

The governor is still testing the waters of a potential bid for the 2012 Republican nomination and has made no formal announcement regarding his intentions.

But Marsha Barbour revealed she is wary of a 10-year commitment she believes would accompany a presidential run - and, presumably, two terms in office - during "the last part of our productive lives."

Despite her hesitation, Barbour said that the final decision is up to her husband.

"That's a commitment that I am praying about," she said.

"And if God and Haley decide to do it, I'm sure God will give me strength to be a good partner."

Barbour Communications Director Jim Dyke responded saying, "Mrs. Barbour said what we all know: There are unique demands posed by the daunting challenge of campaigning for and serving as president of the United States."

Filed under: 2012 • Haley Barbour • Mississippi
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Dont worry . . .

    Haley is not the "great white hope".

    April 1, 2011 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  2. Aaron

    She's not thinking about the financial gains. Between the presidential salary, campaign contributions, and the kickbacks during and after a presidency, Barbour would be much richer than he already is. He stands to make alot more money working for the U.S. government than he did working for the Mexican government. If he stays on the Mexican payroll in addition, he'd really be raking it in.

    April 1, 2011 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  3. sharon

    It would be horrifying being married to the racist.

    April 1, 2011 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  4. A disgusted former Republican

    The old southern racist should hang up his sheet and fade quietly into the sunset.

    April 1, 2011 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  5. gar

    I'm horrified at the thought of her husband being President.

    April 1, 2011 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  6. gg

    I'm glad to know that God and Haley think through these things together.

    April 1, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  7. carly

    Not to worry. He doesn't have a shot at becoming the nominee.

    April 1, 2011 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  8. Who opened the gate? The Idiot's have walked In !

    Misses Barbour we are all horrified at the prospect of your husband ever getting anywhere near the white house ! He is the biggest pile of racist cow pukey to ever attempt a bid at our nation's highest office since David Duke ! I think Misses Barbour was coached by her husband to say that because he starting to realize that he has no chance of winning ! He is going to try to spin it saying that his family doesn't want him to run ! Just watch , he will soon give a bowing out speech !

    April 1, 2011 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  9. Michael

    Don't worry. Your husband has absolutely no chance to win anything other than the useless post as governor of the awful state of Mississippi.

    April 1, 2011 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  10. A.N.

    Who is this nobody, why does his wife think her husband has even a remote chance of becoming president, and why is this news?

    April 1, 2011 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  11. lforlegend

    Keep that joker in "Mis-sippi." He's an embarassment anyhow.

    April 1, 2011 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  12. jennifer

    it shouldn't just be about his ambition. This decision needs to be made by husband and wife and with her doubts he shouldn't run.

    April 1, 2011 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  13. beevee

    She can be rest assured that her husband has no chance of getting elected to be US president. What a relief to all americans.

    April 1, 2011 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  14. once upon a horse

    I am horrified as well, even moreso if he were to win!

    April 1, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  15. lgny

    Don't worry. He has no chance of getting elected. Boss Hogg won't sell outside of the deep south.

    April 1, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  16. MIke smith

    She is not alone

    April 1, 2011 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  17. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Don't worry Darlin', he won't win.

    April 1, 2011 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    Don't worry, miss double-chin, he won't be elected. But you may be able to get rid of some of the excess weight you both carry - it's not easy to tell all the lies he does - will you help him with his lies?

    April 1, 2011 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  19. Roscoe

    I'd thnk being married to Haley would be the most horifying thing possible. Everything else should be easy. If you've been able to face Haley naked, you can make it through anything.

    April 1, 2011 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  20. GOP = Greed Over People

    "The wife of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says she is "horrified" that her husband is seriously considering a bid for the presidency."

    So are we!

    Who wants the governor of the lowest ranked state out of 50 controlling the other 49???

    April 1, 2011 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  21. Zip

    As terrified as you are, darling, it's nothing like the fear Americans have. The thought of Governor Cooter in charge chills the bone.

    April 1, 2011 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  22. California

    Considering union liberals are now threatening their opponents very lives I can see why.

    April 1, 2011 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  23. Monroe De Vos

    This is sad....! The decision to run for the Presidency should not be made by her husband with God. The decision should be between her husband and his wife. Given how she is reacting to this makes me automatically not to want to know anything about her husband if he should decide to run. What's happening here tells me more than I need to know!

    April 1, 2011 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  24. Andrew Hoelzel

    A fat, greasy, sleazy, southern white, former big tobacco exec: yeah, sure, the nation will run to the voting booths to push this guy into the oval office

    April 1, 2011 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  25. Indy

    I almost feel sorry for these two people. It is sad that they actually think there is a chance that Barbour could get the Republican nomination much less the White House.The odds of Barbour winning must be at least a billion to one.When you have the worst record as a state, and are the Governor you are also a failure for allowing that to happen. Republicans are a very scary bunch, but common sense will prevail and there will not be a Republican President for a long long time.

    April 2, 2011 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
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